The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Camera Obscura squanders its intriguing premise with a ham-fisted execution.
None of this makes sense.
Though born of an inventive idea, "Camera Obscura" comes out underdeveloped.
Nothing if not an exhaustive compendium of fright-film motifs.
"Camera Obscura" lurches between gory thriller sequences and dreary character development, and never develops any momentum.
The implied conditional logic governing the camera's curse doesn't extend to the film's amateurish discontinuities ...
It's evident from his work here that Koontz is a huge admirer of the horror genre, and I'm genuinely curious to see what he can do on his next effort.
As a horror film, Camera Obscura disappoints.
Koontz's feature debut is a sturdy, adult scare picture, which is a treat unto itself.
One of the strongest elements in Camera Obscura is that, regardless if Jack is losing touch with reality or the camera is haunted, the whole story is itself a metaphor for the horror of PTSD.
Camera Obscura is more psychological thriller than horror -- in fact, it's not scary at all but there are enough moments of suspense and mystery to make it worth your while.
A Twilight Zone-worthy story obscured minute by minute with tonal inconsistencies, convoluted plot turns, and a highly unlikable lead character.
Maybe a PTSD tale hits too close to home for me to fully lose myself within, or maybe Camera Obscura is just straight up disappointing. Personally I lean toward the latter explanation.
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